I found this prompt when I was catching up on some blog posts this week and it looks like a lot of fun.
This prompt in particular caught my attention, because there are so many books I’m excited to read this year.
It’s hosted by A Little But A Lot and August’s theme is 2021 books.
Thursday Murder Club 2
I loved The Thursday Murder Club, and I have my copy of its sequel, The Man Who Died Twice, pre-ordered so I can get my hands on it as soon its publication date arrives in September.
The first novel in the DS Adam Tyler series, Firewatching, became one of my favourite books of 2021 before I’d even made it halfway through.
The use of present tense and the chapters being broken up into smaller scenes made it refreshing and so easy to read, and I went out straight away to buy a copy of Book 2.
The Devil and The Dark Water
I’ve realised there’s a common theme to the books I’ve picked so far and that they’re all second novels by new authors.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was very trippy (I won’t go into details to avoid spoilers for anyone who’s yet to read it) but it was incredibly clever, and I’ve heard good things about Stuart Turton’s next book, The Devil and The Dark Water.
The Dying Squad
I bought this book after seeing it constantly on Twitter, being praised highly by some authors and bloggers lucky enough to get hold of an advanced copy.
The plot sounds very interesting, though I’m not sure if the detective’s surname being Lazarus is a little too on the nose. But I’m definitely going to read it anyway and soon, hopefully, because I have lots of questions.
The Murder of Graham Catton
Podcasts aren’t something I listen to much of. There’s probably only about 5 I’ve stuck with for the full episode, but I am intrigued by the idea of a true crime podcast being a central part of this story.
A mystery novel where the reader is given the evidence usually only available to the detective and is to try and solve the crime themselves?